I must admit I was guilty as I went to Mom’s Day Out Event from Sun Life Financials.
As a working mom, weekends are a treat for the family right? Thus, the husband is super OC that he lectured me about taking care the family first before going out with my other engagements. It’s weekend and it’s supposed to be a family bonding day – a time to check our kid’s notebooks, books and quiz result, a time for school re-enforcement with kids, a time to clean the house, a time to empty the laundry basket or a play time with kids and the kid’s father – but then again, I chose to attend the event plus requested him to dropped me at the event’s venue. We don’t have a stay-in house helper so that means he’ll have to watch over the kids while I’ll have my Mom’s Day Out
Come on mommies! Please spare me that awful reaction because I went out from the event thankful and satisfied that I joined coz I get to hear the talk about “Balanced Motherhood” from Mommy Michelle Alignay, a Family Life Specialist and about “Saving for the Future” by Rosario Madonna Rivera.
Photo Credits: Rea Aducente of Blissful Snapshots
From her talk, these are what I learned:
- What is Balanced Motherhood?
Faced with changes, challenges and children, mommies must know how to balance. Changes in our body as we carry our baby from our womb, changes with our children as they grow everyday, changes in our relationship with our husband and as our partner in child-rearing or changes with career due to re-organization, whatever it is as we go with our life’s journey, there is always a change.
And that change is definitely a challenge.
Now I know, why we are called moms, because we are the Master of Multi-tasking. We cooked 1-3 meals in the mornings and at the same time bathe our kids and help them prepare for school. We hurry with our lunch so we still have time to buy some groceries before the start of meetings at work. As mommies doing multi-tasking, we are reminded to always keep the balance — to be aware of what is in our mind and emotions and that ensure that our body connects with it. I must admit, I do grocery shopping but my mind is at work wondering if I can deliver my tasks that day.
- Why do we need to Balance and Re-Balance?
With so much things to do at home or at work, we sometimes forget we are no longer in balance. Sickness or body pains sends messages that tells us to pause. Being imbalance or stuck in being busy may bring harm to us, mommies. We must take action to this messages to avoid it to become knot and difficult to untangle. Pouring all your energy without taking action of the imbalances you experience will somehow bring bigger damage in the future.
- How do we keep Re-Balancing?
Self Care is the key to re-balancing. Take time to rest and pause and choose wellness. With all these three things — Wants, Shoulds, Capacity — focus only on what you can do, unless you are Diana Prince. Sometimes, its okay to do what you want or you don’t need to do all what you ought to do. Don’t be too rigid to do all those house chores coz it can wait. Leave the mess for awhile or those laundry that needs folding? it really can wait, unless you have an OC husband, then its gonna be hard.
Michele Alignay reminded me to love myself more, to release control of things I can no longer manager, to take more time in the shower room (and never mind the knocking from your kids and to put a little color on my face.
Mommy pose with mommy friend, Nanay Kikay She blogs about motherhood, travel and beauty tips.
Rosario Madonna Rivera talks about planning for the future and giving tips on saving. She introduced one of Sun Life Financial’s product which is the Sun Life MyFuture Fund. According to Sun Life’s website, MyFuture Fund is a target date fund that invests primarily in high-quality stocks and a mix of government and domestic corporate debt in accordance with an asset allocation strategy that promotes capital appreciation at the onset to maximize earning potential in the earlier years and shifts to wealth preservation to reduce exposure to risk as the maturity of the fund approaches.
Japan trip? School expense for college students? Retirement?SunLife Financial offers MyFuture Fund, an investment that gets you ready for planned future. For details, I can recommend Jen Magbanua, SunLife Financial Advisor #sunlife #moneytalk #financialtalk #mommyafterwork
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Note: I was invited to a Mom’s Day Out event sponsored by Sun Life Financial — a treat for moms to be reminded to do self-care to be able to take care my family.
Happy Mommy, Happy Family.